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The Delhi High Court has issued notice in a petition seeking a direction to the Delhi Government to resume the operation of public transport.
Notice was issued to the Centre and Delhi Government by a Divison Bench of Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal in the petition preferred by a final year law student, Shreesh Chadha.
The Petitioner informs that while almost all offices and establishments have been permitted to be opened in Delhi and operation of private vehicles has also been allowed subject to conditions, no directions have come to permit public transport.
Asserting that 25 lakh people were dependent on Delhi Transport Corporation and about and 15 lakh on Metro services for their commute, the Petitioner has argued that Revised Guidelines issued by Central Government, prohibiting use of public transport was problematic.
In its Petition filed through Advocate Prashant Vaxish, the Petitioner has argued that the policy creates an unreasonable classification between people who own a private vehicle and those who rely on public transport, which was impermissible in light of Article 14 of the Constituion.
“.. only allowing private vehicles to ply, and prohibiting all forms of public transport, a blanket measure is being imposed on the financially marginalized who cannot afford owning private vehicles..”, the Petition reads.
It is added that the policy fails to take note of the fact that now since offices/establishments have been permitted to be opened, the employees may be under an obligation to report to work.
But absence of public transport would result in absence from mandated working days, casting an undue encumbrance on the right to earn livelihood and freedom to carry out trade and profession.
In view of the above, the Petitioner has sought a direction to the Delhi Government to permit the operation of public transport after framing guidelines to ensure the safety and hygiene of passengers and public transport operators.